Field Turf

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  1. Pennsyhusker

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    So I just read we will not be replacing the field turf this year after all. The cost to do so, $350,000, doesn’t seem to be that much money in the big picture. Playing on old, worn out, turf is a health risk to the players. And in this age of Covid, where the “health of our student athletes” is constantly being touted as priority number one, why is replacing the turf suddenly on the back burner?

    Am I wrong to question this? Is it not that big of a deal? Is the turf still in decent shape? If it is then why was it slated to be replaced in the first place? Or is $350,000 a bigger deal than I am suggesting? Is this just a cost saving move in a time of financial austerity?

    Or is it a sign that Moos doesn’t really think there is going to be a season anyway? I think this is an unlikely reason, but who knows?
     
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    Just speculation but this one might be more about the company doing the install and covid concerns more so than a Nebraska concern.
     
  3. janne

    janne Redshirt Freshman
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    I don't think that Field Turf has quite the same wear issues as the old Astro Turf. Probably one of those things that would be nice to do, but an easy cost cutting measure as opposed to salary cuts or layoffs. The athletic department is going to see a big drop in revenue in even the best case scenario.
     
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  4. huskerfan66

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    Here's another scenario to consider. It'll be tied into (preferably) with the building project. They're going to put in new field turf over there and it's more feasible to do two than one. If things don't straighten out and building project gets going after a one year paui, then maybe have to go ahead and do it next summer before 2021 season
     
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    I've seen the field turf up close and I don't think it's that worn. I think it's a matter of of there's been some improvements in the technology that we can wait for. I'm with you though, with the protocols that are laid out, I find it hard to believe that we'll have football. Once other college students hit campus, this will be a free for all with positive cases.
     
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    They don't want to get the covid on the new turf. They'll wait till it passes.
     
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    They need to add an additional 35 walkons so they can fill up the new locker rooms. Lol
     
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  8. scarletred

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    And there is a possibility that there won’t be as many games played IF any, so why spend the money in 2020..
     
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    I remember Texas criticizing Nebraska's playing surface, and the old hens on this board crying about a recruiting disadvantage over teams with natural grass.

    Texas has had FieldTurf at DKR Memorial Stadium since 2009.
     
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    is it still 50/50 in the b1g or there abouts for ‘turf’ vs grass...?
     
  11. scarletred

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    I know only NW and Purdue have grass fields in the West.And Penn St and Michigan St in the East that I know for sure..
     
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    That sounds correct.
     
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    All I know is Field Turf is atrocious and the smell of it in the Cook was almost unbearable when it got hot.
     
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    It wouldnt be a good look to install new turf during an economic downturn, even if its “only” 350k.
    And no, it isnt needed. Its wanted. They could play on it another 40 years.

    Wish they’d tear it out and go to grass, but i realize we wont.
     
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    jmo, but, i think if coach frost thought that the turf was any kind of risk and needed replacing it would be done.
     
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    i remember a commentator here complaining about how bad the turf in Lincoln was and it was brand new when ou played on it.
    lots of shittalkers in this part of the country.
     
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    I read that this type of turf has a life of 8-10 years. I believe it was last replaced in 2013. So we are going into year 8. Im sure this was one of those want not need type of things. With the millions that are expected to be lost due to either no season or less home games. Im sure this was one of those things that could be used to cut costs.
     
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    1969 was the last time Nebraska had a grass field,I agree sure would like to see grass again
     
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    The turf is not worn out or unsafe. But a responsible organization will replace before it is. It’s not like one day it’s good and the next day it’s unsafe. You replace it in a buffer window. Obviously that window has some flexibility.

    find something real to worry about.
     
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    I believe the owh article said it's good for 8-10 years and we did it seven years ago I think.

    So sure if there weren't 20 percent cuts with maybe more to come we'd probably just do it.
     
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    I used to walk/run in Cook Pavilion back in the day. I wouldn't describe it as atrocious or unbearable, but it did smell like the tire section at Sears. Definitely a strong rubber smell that wasn't particularly pleasant. I actually liked exercising in it, because it was way more forgiving on the joints than a hard track.
     
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    The new turf doesn't get shitty like the old turf. It really doesn't get matted down and lose it's grass like length and feel.

    I can't remember but I think they say a HS field should last 10 years? And those are totally used and abused.

    Sometimes the color fades a bit...I think most places add in more rubber pellets over time.
     
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    beat me to it


    Unfortunately I think that is a somewhat likely reason.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. This whole field turf thingy was keeping me awake at night. Oh the anxiety....
     
  25. bleed husker red

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    Lifespan of 8 to 10 years. At a cost of 400K. How do these small town high schools afford field turf. You cant save 40k a year over grass
     
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